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.s. consulate in benghazi. and in cairo several men scaled the walls of the embassy and managed to tear down the flag. the anti-u.s. sentiment fueled by an amateur online film produced in america that millions of muslims consider offensive to islam. >>> back to the bargaining table for teachers after taking to the streets of chicago. there's no deal yet to resolve the teacher strike. talks entering day three with neither side expressing optimism that an agreement is near. >>> chicago mayor rahm emanuel says two sticking points remain, teacher evaluations and how to handle jobs for laid off teachers. >>> part of president obama's approval rating has cracked the 50% barrier. take a look at the latest cnn/orc survey. the president's approval rating at 51% up three points from last week's cnn poll, which was conducted before the democratic national convention. when voters were asked who has the advantage in next month's debate, 59% picked the president. 34% went with romney. >>> it is 19 minutes past the hour. the early read in your local news making national head lines, we'll start with a story
developments in the attacks on u.s. facilities in both cairo, egypt. and benghazi, libya. u.s. sources now tell cnn the attack in benghazi was actually planned in advance and the perpetrators used a protest outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is keeping tabs on the u.s. military's response to what's going on as well. let's go to jill first. she's watching what's going on. jill, what's the latest over at the state department beyond the heartbreak of a top u.s. diplomat, three others killed? >> right, wolf. just in a few minutes we're expecting an update, a briefing on background by senior officials here at the state department. but for now this is what we know based on the conversations and what we are hearing fro
of muammar gadhafi. someone fired a rocket into the u.s. consulate in benghazi during a chaotic protest. we're going to join cnn joeman. she's with us. tell us about this attention that erupted in benghazi. it did not actually happen in tripoli. are you in tripoli. how are people responding to what has taken place? >> well, the situation here in tripoli does seem to be normal. people are on the streets. there seems to be nothing but the news that -- of what happened in bengazy spreading across tripoli today. most of the people i have token to, people in the capital here, are shocked and saddened by this attack. they say that it does not reflect the way libyans treat their guests. this is not the way libyans feel about the united states, and they do appreciate and do express gratitude for the rule the united states played last year as part of the nato alliance in helping the libyan people in ousting mow har gadhafi during their revolution. we are hearing also from government officials who are condemning this. they're also promising to bring those responsible to justice to have an investigati
are in custody in benghazi. they're being indirectly linked to the rocket attack on the u.s. consulate. i want to talk to jimana in tripoli, the libyan capital west of benghazi. first of all, what do we know about those arrested? >> very little, suzanne, so far. what we understand from libyan officials is that at least one of those arrested is a -- they were detained in benghazi yesterday. we know they are being interrogated to see what role they had in the attack, but according to one sore libyan official today, they may not have been directly linked to the attack. they may have ties to the extremist organization that carried out the attack. they have not been charged yet. they are detained and being intrargted acorked to libyan officials, so we should be knowing about this as information is released by the libyan government. >> do we believe these people are really responsible for what took place, or does this look like this is more kind of a show? >> well, quite frankly, suzanne, the libyan government here is under a lot of pressure when it comes to this. not only from the united states, bu
staff members. a radical islamic group led the hours long siege in benghazi, libya. the militants were apparently enraged by a cheaply made online film considered offensive to islam. just last hour one libyan leader joined the international chorus in condemning the attack. >> translator: we apologize to the u.s. and to the american people, to the government and also to the rest of the world for what happened yesterday. and at the same time, we expect the world to cooperate with us in order to confront to what is meant out of this kind of cowardice, criminal act. >> that is the libyan ambassador -- i'm sorry, libyan prime minister. cnn foreign aaffairs reporter elise labott is at the state department. you've known ambassador christopher for years. tell us about him. >> carol, what can i say? he was considered, really, at the state department the cream of the crop in terms of diplomatic foreign service officers. this was not a -- we're seeing him in a pinstripe suit right there. he's not really what you consider a pinstripe diplomat, sitting in his office. he was out in the field, workin
.s. marines are speeding to benghazi where they will help secure the u.s. consulate where the attack occurred. jill dougherty joins us now. >> reporter: officials here at the state department are beginning to piece together the details, but this is what we know. we have been speaking to them all morning long. what they say is essentially you had three things going on. you had the basic demonstration by regular libyans, but then you had a very targeted attack on the attack in benghazi by these heavy heavily-armed militants. we understand there were a couple dozen of them. they were using rpgs. very serious attack. as they attack the consulate, it starts a fire. and that is where the story with the ambassador comes in. the ambassador, mr. stevens, had been in benghazi temporarily. he's normally in the capital tripoli. also shawn smith, 10-year veteran, was also there on a temporary assignment. they were inside that consulate. fire breaks out. there are now three people along with one security person into a safe room. that safe room becomes filled with smoke and so at least ambassador stevens, p
. in benghazi, four americans were killed in the first few hours of the protests there. their bodies were returned to the u.s. on friday. cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon visited the ruins of the destroyed consulate and she has more on what happened and why. >> amid the ash, soot and debris, remnants of a life that was and what it meant to those stationed here. scrawled on this sheet, libya is so important. traces of blood stained the walls. what is now a blackened ruin, was a pleasant compound in an upscale benghazi neighborhood. libyan officials say tuesday night's attack was planned by islamist militants and quickly overwhelmed the libyan and american guards. the compound's first line of defense easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards who was stationed at the gate, armed with only a radio, the assault happened simultaneously from three different directions. he says that he initially heard chanting growing increasingly louder and then, suddenly, the gunfire, the rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine gun fire all began attacking the compound. he is
in benghazi, and were waitinged for an opportunity to strike. that opportunity came in a street riot last night. here's secretary of state hillary clinton today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. live at the state department now to ellise. first of all, to the new information we are getting here because this is very rare. we understand for an ambassador to be killed by terrorists. does it change how people feel about what has happened at the state department that people's dear friend and colleague that he was not targeted, but this was something of a tragic accident? >> suzanne, i think the halls of the state department really are mourning right now everybody. chris stevens was someone that was well known to everybody. effects one of the most pop lash -- popular people of the foreign service. if you hear about one random person -- not to make light of their death, but one random person killed in a rocket attack, but this was someone that everyone in the state department knew. he was a very public figure, and right now everybody
home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ >>> this is the scene in cairo, a tense standoff between police and protesters. and across the muslim world, the rage is boiling over. u.s. embassy and consulates under siege in the middle east. africa and even asia, crowds in the street lashing out at america over a video mocking islam. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. there is fear and uncertainty tonight over where this crisis is heading. this map shows the unrest spreading to more than a dozen nations. in sudan, a chilling image on a day where mobs tore into the u.s. and german embassy compounds. tonight the sus sending marines there to reinforce security at the embassy. in pakistan, a disturbing and familiar scene as the crowd burns the american flag. and in tunisia, black smoke rises from the compound. >> and two marines are dead at a military base where prince harry is now stationed as well. back home an emotional service at joint base andrews for the arrival of the bodies of the four america
on the wave of protests. joining us arwa damon and ben wedeman. arwa, what's going on in benghazi right now? >> reporter: well, the situation is pretty tense. just about every single libyan that we have been speaking to of course expressing their horror, their outrage about tuesday's attack, saying this most certainly is not indicative of how libyans themselves feel but also really wanting to see their own government begin to take control, begin to rein in these various militias. the government for its part now does believe, says it's 100% confident that tuesday's attack was carried out by extremist group or groups. they say they detained four people, not disclosing which group they were affiliated with but they were also say they go believe this attack was preplanned, intended to inflict damage to drive an irrepairable wedge between the libyans and americans. >> arwa, earlier you walked through what remains of that u.s. consulate in benghazi where ambassador stevens and the three other americans were killed in tuesday's attack and you sent us dramatic video. walk us through what you saw. >
in benghazi, libya. president clinton will be delivering brief remarks. we're told that the first lady will be at that ceremony. this is supposed to happen about 2:15 this afternoon at andrew's air force base. let's go to tunisia. no north africa protesters have breached the u.s. embassy, the capital in tunisia. our journalist is joining us from tunisia, and i understand we lost that connection. we're going to get back to him and go on to another story, and many of the protests. what we are seeing here. we mention this -- this is the black flag. this is being carried by people in the crowd representing islam. it is called the shahada, the first pillar of islam, written in white letters. it says, quote, "there is no god but allah and muhammad is his messenger." it is an affirmation of faith. we want to bring in the crowds of angry egyptians are fighting with police in cairo right now. their anger aimed in part at the united states. you see those pictures. those people are climbing the walls for four days around the american embassy many tahrir square. you have protesters with rocks and
of the things they knew was that these groups were present in benghazi, they were well-organized, they have an infrastructure to them. they also knew of the presence of al qaeda sympathizers in the area, pockets of sympathizers. they also knew -- and we found this out from an intelligence source, there was an intelligence cable 48 hours before this attack took place that warned about the presence of this anti-muslim film on the internet. not only that, but that they had seen an up tick in the traffic visiting that site, that obviously this is a sign that this is gaining more popularity. cnn also found out that they had further indications that parts of this film were shown on egyptian television. that was according to an fbi memo that cnn was able to get a hold of. so all the clues were sort of there. now piecing them together was a different story. u.s. sources have told us, intelligence sources, that there was no actionable intelligence. as a matter of fact, the administration has been very open about coming out and saying that. so some clues were there, pulling them all together is a tou
benghazi, libya where four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya were killed in the turmoil. ambassador christopher stevens, state department computer expert sean smith, former navy s.e.a.l. glen doherty, and breaking news about the fourth victim. he has now been identified, tyron woods, a former navy s.e.a.l. as well. according to knsd, woods was from the area, from imperial beach, 41 years old. his ex-wife telling the station he loved being a s.e.a.l. more than life itself. we do have late developments on an arrest today in connection with his killing, as well as the search for additional suspects. and the libyans, many of whom have expressed shock and outrage over the killings. as we said, the anti-american flames are spreading. in addition to libya and egypt, there were protests as well today in yemen, sudan, iraq, morocco, gaza. at least 11 hotspots now including israel, iran, and the cash kashmir region by india. not just contained in the arab world anymore. the most dramatic and deadly eruption happened in the capital of yemen. take a look. protesters breaching a wall
along with three of his american staffers were murdered by a mob in benghazi, libya. the attack yesterday was apparently triggered by a film, a film produced by an american by the name of sam basil. considered by many to be highly offensive to islam. again, a film. these murders taking place in a country that the united states helped to liberate from the dictator moammar gadhafi and a mob attacked the embassy in cairo, egypt, yesterday. climbing the embassy walls. tearing down and ripping apart the united states flag. it's unclear if the attacks were koord natded or plans to con side with the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks here in america. but moments ago, our president obama spoke out about these killings. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i've always directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world and make no mistake. we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our peo
for their rage. whatever the true motivations, it is not just cairo, benghazi, libya, where four americans, including the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens, sean smith, former navy s.e.a.l., glen doherty and sadly, breaking news about the fourth victims, tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l. as well. according to knsd, woods was from imperial beach. he was 41 years old. his ex-wife, telling the station that he loved being a s.e.a.l. more than life itself. we do have late developments on an arrest in connection with his killing as well as the search for additional suspects and the libyans, many of whom have expressed shock and out rage over the killings. the anti-american flames are spreading. in addition to egypt and libya, protests inem min, sudan, iraq, march oklahomore rockco. it is not just contained in the arab world. it is not just contained there. the most deadly happened in yemen. protesters breaching a wall at the u.s. embassy with several thousand more chanting in the street. police opened fire on the crowd. four protesters reported dead. two dozen security officers were hurt as well
in an upscale benghazi neighborhood. libyan officials say tuesday night's attack was planned by islamist militants. and quickly overwhelmed the libyan and american guards. the compound's first line of defense, easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards who was stationed at the gate, armed with only a radio, the assault happened simultaneously from three different directions. he says that he initially hard chanting, growing louder and louder, and then suddenly, the gunfire, the rocket-propelled grenades, and machine gun fire attacking the compound. he is so terrified from retaliation he refuses to appear on camera. he says at one point the masked men came over and threatened him at gunpoint. he only survived because he was led away. a rocket-propelled grenade took out the power and set the main residence on fire. here, the bedroom where u.s. ambassador chris stevens stayed, part of a small suite. we are told this is where the ambassador, after being separated from his guards in the chaos, smoke and darkness died of smoke inhalation. what we're being told is that the ambassador
on the embassy. within hours, crowds gathered outside benghazi, libya. armed militants killed the u.s. ambassador and three of the staffers. today, crowds storm the u.s. embassy in yemen. riot police eventually turned them back with tear gas. also today, demonstrators turn out in iran. they aamass outside the swiss embassy, which represents u.s. interests in iran. let's get the latest now from that region. mohammed jamjoon join us. >> about 2,000 to 3,000 protesters that were marching toward the u.s. embassy, many of them aable to get close enough to the main gates. they started scaling the walls. fires were set outside the u.s. embassy compound. i've spoken to a western diplomat there who tells me everyone in the embassy is fine. no word if the staff has been evacuated. just a short while ago, yemeni president issued a statement in which he issued an apology to u.s. president barack obama and the american people for the attack on the embassy today, saying this was unacceptable and ordered yemeni security forces to launch an investigation and prosecute anybody they found involved in this to the f
consulate in benghazi was preplanned. that is crucial. libyan prime minister also tells cnn that eight people detained were involved in carrying out the attack. that some are far extreme members of libya's largest islamic brigade and that no members having known affiliations specifically to al-qaeda. now, they also say to arwa that 30 to 50 people were attacked the consulate. they were organized, but didn't belong to one specific group. now, the libyan government said this was preplanned, but interesting. that has not been the message out of washington. this was the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice, on september 17th. >> the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact, this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. >> not preplanned or premeditated. white house spokesman jay carney reiterated that position yesterday. >> based on the information we had at the time and had to this day, we do not have evidence it was premeditated. >> but today, carney for the first time called it a terrorist attack and changed his wording, i quote him, we have
effort against bin laden that worked. >> yep, yep. but this little thing in benghazi doesn't reflect too well on him. >> thanks very much. >>> a brawl at a major supplier for apple. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. >> a massive riot forced a foxconn plant that makes parts for apple and other manufacturers to shut down in central china. some 2,000 workers were involved. officials say at least 40 people had to be take ton the hospital and there were a number of arrests. apple says it has sold more than 5 million of its iphone 5 units since friday's debut. that is a record. but it's still slightly disappointing to investors. they were hoping for 6 million in sales. >>> and check out these incredible pictures. that is a semi truck nearly falling off of a bridge in southern brazil. police say the driver lost control of the rig. he hung in his cab for about half an hour until he was lifted out by rescue crews with a rope. the accident happened friday. but authorities are still trying to remove the trailer. they can't use a c
. >> ian lee, we'll check in with you throughout the hour. >>> the worst protesters were in benghazi, that's where ama basder christopher stevens and three other americans were killed in attacks on the u.s. consulate. she joins us now over the phone. jamano what is the libyan government saying about that attack? >> well, victor, it does seem now this protest was not really a protest about this film, it was more of a planned attack. what we're hearing from libyan government officials is what we initially heard from u.s. officials. this was a preplanned attack by extremist groups, islamist radical groups that operate in the eastern part of the country. yesterday we heard from the president's ruling saying that they now believe it is a preplanned attack by these groups that aim aed to inflict maximum damage on western interest, especially u.s. interest in libya and sabotage libyan and u.s. relations. the libyan government now saying this investigation is its top priority. they have made a number of arrests. they have four people in custody, at least so far, who are being interrogated and they
.s. consulate in benghazi. let's go live to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence getting new details on what's going on. chris, what are you learning? >> yeah, wolf, just in the past few hours libya's own prime minister told cnn's own christiane amonopore have arrested one man. he is currently being interrogated. and libyan authorities say they have several others under surveillance and more arrests may be on the way. meantime, u.s. intelligence officials say they are digging deeper and getting more information about who may have been behind this attack. at this point they say it does not appear to be a core al qaeda group, wolf. >> what does that mean? a core al chi da affiliate groups. what does that mean, a core al qaeda group? >> they think it's very possible that this could have been an al qaeda-inspired group. some group that is not directly affiliated with the hierarchy of al qaeda but does support the aims and ideals of al qaeda. >> and what about the u.s. warships, chris, that are heading toward libya right now? where are they? and are those extra u.s. marines already on the
on known extremists in benghazi. >> there were dozens injured on friday night there, and we will have more. >>> the retired agent of a cia agent wants to meet with the president of iran to plead for her husband return. he disappeared in 2007, and now pictures are up in hopes that mahmoud ahmadinejad will see them. he was seen two years ago pleading with the u.s. government for his release. >> 33 years of service to the united states, and i deserve something. >> the iran's president has repeatedly turned down requests from levinson's wife. >>> at least 220 people were killed today in syria with government forces shelling aleppo and the government forces, and this comes as the syrian free army are moving into territory that the fighters have seized. they have many defectors from the syrian army to fight the regime. >> i'm not fighting to create a democratic or republican job, but american jobs. >>> president obama campaigned in wisconsin for the first time in more than 200 days. wisconsin may be a surprise battleground state. months ago, obama thought that the ten electoral votes were in the
consulate in benghazi was a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists affiliated or sympathetic with al qaeda, a flat statement just issued. let's discuss the political fallout in our strategy session. joining us now, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor donna brazile, along with david frum, contributing editor at "the daily beast" and "newsweek." david, a powerful statement just released by the director of national intelligence. it totally contradicts what the administration was saying in the days that immediately followed the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other americans. what do you make of this? >> totally supports what my colleague reported three days ago who was the first with this story. what it makes is the american ambassador dead, the administration's first impulse was to find ways to cover itself and avoid acknowledging the mistake the ambassador had completely inadequate security in a dangerous place. and it did that by pitting on this youtube video of the maker on his way to prison and charged under other offenses. in
at the consulate in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton was scheduled to testify to congress in a closed intelligence briefing today. it's been suggested the u.s. was warned about that attack in libya three days before it happened. the administration insists they haven't seen intelligence about "significant advanced planning" for that attack. but interestingly the white house is now calling the deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi a terrorist attack for the first time. and it happened on the anniversary of 9/11. fancy that. u.s. relations with israel at least on the surface appear to be getting much worse as president obama continues to say he doesn't have time to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. iran continues to march toward nuclear weapons. syria continues to murder its own people. it all suddenly feels much worse than it has for some time. here's the question, how satisfied are you with u.s. policy in the middle east? go to post a comment. or go to our post on "the situation room" facebook page. wolf. >> jack, thank you. >>> meanw
veteran who served in missions from baghdad to benghazi. tyrone woods and glen doherty were former navy s.e.a.l.s who were working as diplomatic security officers at the u.s. consulate. the bodies were met by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. >> but even as voices of mistrust and suspicion seem to divide countries and cultures from one another, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> we've seen the anti-american protests popping up in more than a dozen countries now, but not all of them have been violent like what we've seen in egypt or libya. many more of the protests have been peaceful like this one in pakistan, with muslim demonstrators voicing their anger over an anti-muslim film produced in the u.s. >> some of the largest anti-american protests have been in cairo where officials were forced to build large concrete walls in the streets just to keep protesters away from the u.s. embassy there. ian lee joins me now from cairo. we know at points there's been lots of people, thousands of people, at leas
-hand camera. >>> but first here's my take. the images of the american embassy burning in benghazi might have conjured up memories of tehran in 1979, but the analogy is false. in libya, the government is not fomenting anti-americanism. it's lamb meanting it. the violence there appears to have been the work of small extremist elements that lack much popular support. but the storm has spread from libya. across the middle east there have been protests rallying against the united states and the west in general. even in these places, however, keep in mind that these crowds number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands. in countries with tens of millions of people. they make for vivid images be u they don't tell the whole story. what can we say about these places and protests? first in many of these countries, particularly those that have toppled dictatorships, the most important reality is not of bad government but of weak government. in libya, yemen, and even egypt, the state has lost its ability to control its public. in a sense, this might be progress. egypt didn't see protests like this before bec
militia groups are disbanding and shutting down bases in eastern libya. benghazi, counter protesters are trying to reclaim the city. >> the pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi. >> counter protesters were met by some resistance. four people were killed and dozens injured on friday night. >> the wife of a missing retired fbi agent hopes to meet with the president of iran to plea for her husband's safe return. robert levenson disappeared on an island off iran's coast in 2007. now billboards with his picture are up in new york in hopes iran's president will see them when he attends the u.n. assembly next week. >> 33 years of service to the united states deserves something. >> iran's president has repeatedly turned down meeting requests from his wife. >>> at least 220 people were killed today in syria with government forces shelling the damascus suburbs. they're moving into territories the fighters have seized. the group has many soldiers who defected from syria's
on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, is still raising lots and lots of questions including who was behind it all? our own arwa damon goes into the mouth of the lion for an up close look at the rise of extremists right now in libya. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... ♪ atmix of the world needs a broader that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol - a biof
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attack in benghazi this week, ambassador stevens, tie roan woods, glen doherty, and sean smith were all united in their affection for the middle east and the people there. chris stevens fell in love with the middle east when he served as a volunteer peace corps -- as a volunteer in the peace corps. he has been praised as a great friend of libya and served as liaison to the rebel who is overthrew dictator moammar gadhafi. tyrone woods became a navy s.e.a.l. after his mom suggested he join the military. he was also a paramedic and a registered nurse. his third child, kai, was born just a few months ago. and glen doherty was a ski instructor and raft guide in utah before becoming a navy s.e.a.l. he planned to leave the military after knee surgery in 2001, but that changed when the 9/11 attacks occurred. doherty also served on the advisory board of the military religious freedom foundation. in his ten-year career in the foreign service, sean smith was a computer expert, but he also had an alter ego in the virtual universe of computer game eve online. smith was online tuesday night, reportin
armed protesters attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests. but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are a small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran, claiming iran is months away from b
people as he could, speaking arabic, listening with a broad smile. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution arriving on a cargo ship. as america's representative, he helped the libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. and after the revolution he supported the birth of a new democracy as libyans held elections and built new institutions and began to move forward after decades of li dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed in the city he helped to save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures and w
-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. that's the first time the white house has characterized this as a terrorist attack. carney, though, also appears to stand by this comment from wednesday. listen. >> based on the information that we had at the time, and have to this day, we do not have evidence that it was premeditated. >> jamie rubin is former assistant secretary of state. he's currently counselor to new york governor andrew cuomo. let's talk about what seems to be contradictory. you hear from jay carney, you hear from the white house, you hear from the state department, it was a terror attack, but not preplanned. you hear from the prime minister of libya that, in fact, it was preplanned. why disconnect on those two fronts? >> i think a lot of the wording is getting a little confused. i think what the administration is trying to communicate is that they don't believe that, say, six months in advance, a group sat down and said on september 11th we're going to attack the american embassy using this method at this place. but, it does appear that the individuals
that it failed to secure the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the u.s. ambassador to the u.s. and three other americans were killed last week. senior state department officials telling cnn there were a lot of concerns about a rise in islamic extremism in benghazi. a recommendation to close it never got passed up the chain of command. the obama administration saying the act was an act of terrorism. secretary of state, hillary clinton, assigning a panel to investigate how it happened. >> there are obviously very real challenges in these new democracies, these fragile societies. as i said last week, the vast majority of the people in these countries did not throw off the tyranny of a dictator to trade it for the tyranny of a mob. >> sources told cnn ambassador stevens mentioned being on a hit list weeks before he died. secretary clinton doesn't believe there's a basis for the reports. >>> president obama sent in 30,000 additional troops to neutralize a taliban resurgent. the last of the troops have now shipped out. 68,000 u.s. personnel are still stationed. >>> election day less than 11 weeks aw
.s. consulate in benghazi in june. i want to bring in our cnn national security analyst, peter bergen, who has reported extensively on al qaeda as well as interviewing sbeosama bin la back in '97. i talked to peter earlier and he explained how the u.s. first learned about this al qaeda group in libya. >> reporter: in 2007, the u.s. military recovered a trove of documents in iraq, basically the sort of rosetta stone of al qaeda in iraq. and when they looked at these documents and analyzed them, they found that 40% of the foreign fighters coming into iraq were coming from libya, which was kind of an unexpected thing to find. and so historically, libya has provided quite a lot of suicide attackers to al qaeda and the group that is sort of deemed to be behind this attack is probably one of these sort of splinter groups from al qaeda central. >> how strong is their presence there in libya, and who leads them? do we know? >> reporter: you know, i mean there is sort of umbrella group, according to the former libyan jihadist called ansar al sharia. i think a lot of this is relatively secretive. this i
. and benghazi, counter protesters are trying to reclaim the city. >> these pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias. >> they were met by some resistance. that was on friday night. >>> at least 220 people were killed today in syria with government forces shelling its unushz. they're moving into territories that fighters have sized. the group has many ex-soldiers who defected from the army to fight the regime. >>> straight ahead here tonight -- >> i think it's a -- >> romney's rough week. secret tapes, disparaging words, pesky taxes. even the mrs. weighed in. >> this is hard. >> what republicans are really saying about mitt romney. ♪ [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] if you have yet to master the quiet sneeze... ♪ [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] you may be an allergy muddler. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. [ sneezes ] [
in the benghazi area, the ones responsible for killing our ambassador -- >> it took a while. >> it took a couple days. they denounced the attack on the ambassador, and many wrote condolences letters, and i think it could be a tipping point in the right direction. it's not overnight. i am being honest, if you go to twitter and facebook, you see the comments i am getting, never seen muslims from other countries, indonesia and pakistan and the middle east denouncing this. to me we are at a point where perhaps we are about to take a big step. that's what i am hopeful about. >> thanks, i appreciate having the conversation, too. our conversation about this topic struck a cord on social media last night. some of you called me bias, and others said the same for dean. i can't speak for dean, but dean and i are glad we can speak honestly and openly on any other subject. as for me, am i biassed? maybe i am. i think more of us should, at the very least, admit that we might have a bias or prejudice because if you don't allow the possibility it doesn't allow you to grow and learn. how can any of us learn anyt
and infiltrating libya's security apparatus. in benghazi there have been more than a dozen assassinations of former military officers. sources tell cnn that many of them were reportedly on a islamist hit list to eliminate qualified individuals that could pose a threat. kernel from the libyan army was recently kidnapped. he doesn't know by whom or exactly why. he got a call from a man who spoke as if he knew him and said he had urgent information to pass on. outside his home, in broad daylight, two masked man forced him into their car. when i got into the car, they put a black hood on my head and began seeing things like you're going to see, threatening me, he tells us. later he says he was forced to his knees and told to repent and renew his faith in islam. he thought he was going to die when the phone rang. i could hear someone say, he's alive. we haven't killed him yet. you could hear his voice, he recalls. and then he was free. the influence of these radical groups has emerged in the capital. last month they destroyed shrines including this one, right in the heart of tripoli. >> as the sha rien
. stevens died in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi along with three other meamericans. homeland official said the attack was not carry ied out by people simply protesting that anti-islam film. >>> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> and the presence of rad ical islam in libya has some top senators worried about the united states' relationship with the country. >> libya, very weak, as you know. their borders are porous. but still it is the obligation of the host country to protect our consulates, our embassies and our personnel. it's partially ours but we have to depend on the host country and we have to, then, sort out and rethink what presence we're going to have and what relationship we're going to have with these countries. >> u.s. intelligence officials are still investigating the incident. at least one suspect from the attack in libya has been apprehended. >>> within the hour, the department of justice's inspector general will brief lawmakers about his fast and furious report, atf's weapons trafficking investigation was
in massachusetts. glen doherty was killed september 11th in libya in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he was providing security at the time, and the u.s. ambassador to libya was also killed in the attack. >>> for the first time 350,000 chicago public school students are back in the classroom. tuesday the teachers union voted to suspend the strike that kept them out of school. the negotiations for the new contract lasted for several days and the deal must be ratified now by union members. >>> bank of america has not explained the reason behind a problem with the website. and a big problem, because the site was slow or not available to many users yesterday. a bank spokesperson says that they are working to ensure full availability. >>> today, we could finally learn more about fast and furious, the controversial gus trafficking investigation connect n connected to the death of a u.s. border patrol agent. the bureau of tobacco and alcohol and firearms program was to track guns purchase ed d in united states by low level drug dealers and then ended up in the hands of drug cartels in mexic
, the right thing to do is stand back. for example, after the attack on the benghazi consulate that the right thing to do is you say nothing because when an american ambassador is killed, that probably indicates that some serious mistake happened. that's a good moment to say nothing and to wait for facts to emerge. this president has a record that is difficult to defend in a lot of respects. job creation, bad, economic growth, too slow. and his foreign policy initiative looks like it is going up in flames. that's the place where mitt romney should go. and of course president obama and his team wake up every morning and say how can we make today be about anything other than that? unfortunately so far they're doing pretty well. >> you know, i think this president has a tremendous record to go out there and tell the american people. stabilizing the economy, 30 months of consecutive job growth, bin laden dead, gadhafi gone, al qaeda weakened. look, we shouldn't run this election on the republican terms. nor should president obama have to respond every time mitt romney makes a mistake and try to p
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